Storm Cleanup Crew Share

Oct 13, 2022  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

A deter­mined team of ten worked above the call of duty for most of the sum­mer fol­low­ing a wicked wide­spread storm in late July that blew in abrupt­ly, then anoth­er rush of winds in late August.

May­or Jess Alum­baugh com­mend­ed the small City­wide Main­te­nance crew and their super­vi­sor for their extra­or­di­nary efforts dur­ing that time. James Loftis and his City­wide Main­te­nance Team did a tremen­dous job in clean­ing up the city of Mar­i­on fol­low­ing the wind storms that tore through our community.”

Loftis described the enor­mi­ty of the first storm on July 23rd, 2022. It was prob­a­bly the worst debris from a storm we’ve ever expe­ri­enced city­wide. There were 20+ calls of trees down the next day.” He even wit­nessed a tree come down on a house close by as he was talk­ing to a resident.

Imme­di­ate­ly fol­low­ing the storm, he observed many cit­i­zens help­ing oth­er cit­i­zens. It was awe­some to see every­one help­ing each oth­er – it had an old school’ feel. It was refresh­ing to see that it’s still there in this com­mu­ni­ty,” James expressed.

Loftis said his team put forth an enor­mous amount of work into the mas­sive cleanup. My crew worked 10 to 12-hour days includ­ing evenings and week­ends for more than three weeks straight to get trees, limbs, and debris cleaned up from each neigh­bor­hood through­out the city. Over­all, I’m impressed with their ded­i­ca­tion and work eth­ic, and grate­ful for the sac­ri­fices they’ve made away from their fam­i­lies. For what they do, I would take this small group over a large group any day. I couldn’t ask for a bet­ter team.” 

The City­wide Main­te­nance Crew cur­rent­ly con­sists of ten employ­ees under Loftis: Joe Boller, Mark Cas­to, Brad Evans, Randy Hiatt, Zach Hodge, Lar­ry McK­ee, Gabe New­som, Mike Petos­ki, Rhon­da Pier­son, and David Sheward.

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